Teaching SUP yoga is different from all other styles of yoga, on the grounds that it´s taught on a non fixed yoga mat in constant movement, a stand up paddle board. This requires some skills beyond the yoga part. Namely, competence in how to paddle and water safety.
IT DIFFERS FROM TRADITIONAL YOGA IN COUNTLESS WAYS
A SUP yoga class doesn´t start on the board. It starts on land when the equipment is presented. Students need to set the paddle length, pick up the board, carry the board and launch it. Already minutes have passed. Soon after the students need to paddle. Some minutes later the class can start. Taking everyone is anchored and ready that is.During my years as a yoga teacher and teachers teacher, I´ve never witnessed someone fall and get hurt during a class in a yoga studio. On the sup board, however, I have. And it demands some know-how from you as a sup yoga teacher. Not only do you have a student in the water, you have the rest of your students witnessing and waiting on their boards for the class to continue. This is not the most common situation, but it sure can happen. As well as other situations far from what usually take place in an earth-bound yoga class.Being indoors in a yoga class comes with having a roof over your head and walls surrounding you. You see those walls between your ankles in your downward facing dog and the mat is steady as you rest in child’s pose. On a sup board, you don´t have that same view beneath your ankles in downward facing dog. You see water. The sky. Maybe the sun. If you´re in bad luck, rain starts to pour down and the wind increases its strength.As a sup yoga teacher you need to be flexible and able to change your class in a heartbeat. Downward facing dog is no longer free from danger. You and your student could easily slip.
COMMUNICATION ON ANOTHER LEVEL
Have you ever taught a class in a yoga studio with a soft whisper in your voice as you encourage your students to inhale, exhale, relax and so on? Imagine that from a board a few feet from your student, with the surrounding melody from nature. Your voice needs to change, as well as your instructions regarding the yoga poses.
NO ABILITY TO ASSIST
You are a few feet away from your students. Everyone is practicing on a separate stand up paddle board. The assisting ability you have in a yoga studio is gone. You´re left with giving instructions with your voice only. Not always easy, but a skill that can be trained.
IT COMES WITH RESCUE RESPONSIBILITIES
Expanding your own comfort zone on the board makes you a more confident stand up paddler. If you want to be a sup yoga teacher, you need to be a paddler to be counted on. Additionally, you need some finesse in how to handle a situation with a student needing rescue.
IT ALL SUMS UP TO ONE THING
Some styles of yoga doesn’t require a certificate to teach it. A few of these styles are yin yoga and sup yoga. I happen to be a teacher trainer in both of them.If you consider taking one of my sup yoga teacher trainings, you should know it’s very much built on you expanding your comfort zone on your board. All in a step to make you physically and mentally prepared and skilled to handle a group of student on water. It all comes down to one thing. The #1 reason you should consider taking a sup yoga teacher training before teaching it.
Safety is the number one reason you should consider whatever style you want to teach. If you want to teach yin yoga or another style of yoga, you need to know how to keep your students safe in that particular style. In the end, it’s all about safety. In sup yoga, that safety expands from the poses and anatomy only to the elements. And that’s not a modest thing.Why